This specimen features sharp, translucent green dioptase crystals with great intense colour and lustre. In excellent condition, with contacts areound the periphery where this was attached to surrounding rock. Sits perfectly for display as photographed. Beautiful deep green dioptase crystals.
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About These Dioptase Specimens
Dioptase was first described from Altyn Tyube, the type locality for dioptase, in the nineteenth century. Altyn Tyube is a remarkable deposit in the Steppes, far from everywhere. It was first worked for copper thousands of years B.C., and it is interesting to note that there are very few copper minerals at the locality – dioptase with occasional minor malachite and cuprite. These beautiful specimens were mined in 2015, acquired soon afterward from the team currently conducting specimen mining at Altyn Tyube.